A prehistoric squirrel scampers across an icy landscape, desperately clinging to his beloved acorn; a creative, young robot leaves his small town, with dreams of making it as a successful inventor; a rare, blue macaw travels to the exotic land of Rio de Janeiro in search of true love and adventure–in movies an intriguing story is essential, but how do these memorable characters and scenes become so animated? From Ice Age to Rio, this spring the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators shines a light on the creative process of one of today’s biggest computer animation studios– “Ice Age” To the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios will be on view at the Museum from March 21 through May 5, 2012.
“Ice Age” To The Digital Age looks at the creative work of Blue Sky Studios, a leader in the animation industry for over 20 years.Â Creators of such blockbuster films as the Ice Age series, Robots, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, and the recent hit Rio, the studio prides itself on technical innovation, while retaining a strong narrative heart.
Blue Sky Studio’s VP of Creative Chris Wedge, who co-founded the company in 1987, believes that the secret to the studio’s success is in its inventive process; “Every film starts with an idea, which gets refined–that really is the magic. This process is similar to architecture, in that you can only find creativity through exploration–that is the key.”